Vibration white finger is an industrial disease that can afflict workers who regularly use vibrating tools or machinery. It affects the sensation in the hands and can be especially painful or uncomfortable in a cold environment, causing the fingers to go white and numb.
In some cases, it may be that an employer should have done more to protect staff from vibration white finger. If you feel this applies to your condition, Sheldon Davidson Solicitors could help you make a claim.
What causes vibration white finger?
Overexposure to vibration through use of certain tools is the main cause of vibration white finger. Examples of tools that present an increased risk of developing the disease include:
- Concrete breakers
- Disc cutters
- Hammer drills
- Chain saws
When staff are working with these tools on a regular basis, the employer has a duty to provide the necessary protection to prevent vibration white finger from developing. This can take the form of equipment that deadens the vibration during use, or workers could be given regular breaks so that they are not at risk for prolonged periods.
Making a compensation claim
If your employer fails to do this and you are diagnosed with vibration white finger, you should speak to our team about a potential claim. We will review all aspects of your case to determine whether you are likely to receive compensation, and if this is the case we can act on your behalf throughout the claims process.
In order to make a claim, you must do so within three years of your diagnosis. Waiting any longer will cause your claim to expire and you will not be eligible for compensation. This is something that applies to all industrial disease claims, from repetitive strain injuries to industrial deafness.